President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani just can’t get his story straight on Michael Cohen — and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace just called him out on it.
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Wallace confronted Giuliani on his flip-flopping about Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer.
Wallace noted that the former New York mayor called Cohen an “honest, honorable lawyer,” two months ago. “But now you say, quote, your words… ‘a pathological liar’ who’s been lying for years. So what happened?”
Giuliani said his shift stemmed from the revelation that Cohen had been “surreptitiously recording his clients” — referring to the tape of Cohen and Trump discussing a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who’s alleged she had a long-running affair with Trump before he became president. The tape was released last week and initially aired on CNN.
“Obviously if I knew that, I never would’ve said he was a reputable lawyer,” Giuliani said. “I would’ve said he was a scoundrel.”
“I knew nothing bad about Michael Cohen until all of this started to happen in the past couple weeks,” Giuliani insisted.
Giuliani must not have been following previous news accounts about Cohen, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer for more than a decade and was targeted by an FBI raid in April.
The New York Times reported in May that Cohen’s business ventures are the subject of considerable interest from federal investigators. And while Giuliani was still defending him, Cohen compared himself to Tom Hagen, the fictional consigliere of the Corleone crime family in “The Godfather.”
Cohen claimed in February that he had paid Stormy Daniels, a porn actress who also has said she had a brief affair with Trump, $130,000 out of his own pocket, and Trump in April claimed he didn’t know about the payment. Giuliani later threw Trump under the bus by admitting that the president had repaid Cohen.
Watch the interview below, via Fox News.